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Annual Meeting of the International Society for Behavioural Neuroscience

March 28, 2015 – This year’s International Society for Behavioural Neuroscience (ISBN) meeting is being organized by Center for Vital Longevity faculty Drs. Kristen Kennedy and Karen Rodrigue.

Now in its 23rd year, the ISBN is a group of neuroscientists whose research focuses on understanding the relationship between brain and behavior. At least 50 percent of ISBN members are dedicated to conducting research with human subjects.

The meeting typically features a keynote address from a well-known scientist, at least two symposia, and a paper session with an emphasis on building collaborations. The meeting this year is being held in Mauna Lani, Hawaii, from June 19 to June 23.

The first symposium will be conducted by Dr. Angela Gutchess of Brandeis University.

This symposium will consider stress from a number of different perspectives. Talks will discuss the biological mechanisms of inflammation, and the psychological processes that modify those pathways. Mechanisms at the intersection of physical and psychological health will also be discussed, such as body esteem, depression, subjective social status, and interracial interactions. Cognitive and developmental perspectives will also be incorporated, with consideration of early-life adversity, executive function, and the malleability of thoughts about prejudice.

A second symposium will focus on cognitive and behavioral impairments in patients with movement disorders. Dr. Cherie Marvel of Johns Hopkins University will serve as chair.

Presenters in this symposium aim to provide a deeper understanding of motor and cognitive system interactions and the corresponding impact on patients with movement disorders. Research and clinical care has tended to focus on treatment and rehabilitation of motor control, with less attention to cognition. However, research is beginning to reveal a close relationship between motor and cognitive systems, such that the motor system appears to be part of the neural circuitry that supports cognition. Discussions will include recent findings from neuroimaging, electrophysiological recording, eye tracking, and neurological patient studies.

“What’s so impressive about this annual conference is the collaborative spirit that is part of every gathering,” Dr. Kennedy said. “Researchers share fresh findings that may not be completely developed yet, but are further advanced because of the free-flowing exchange of ideas that is encouraged by ISBN.”

For this year’s keynote presidential speaker, Drs. Kennedy and Rodrigue have invited Linda Chang, M.D. Dr. Chang is currently a professor of medicine and the Program Director for Neuroscience and MR Research at the John A. Burns School of Medicine at the University of Hawaii.

One branch of Dr. Chang’s research and the subject of her keynote focuses on the identification of putative biomarkers for HIV/AIDS-associated neurocognitive impairment. Dr. Chang is also involved in developing a pediatric imaging-genomics data resource and a multi-contrast atlas of the neonatal brain.